Working on behalf of another leading EPAO, we are looking for high level experts in their field of work within the Optical field, with an assessor’s qualification such as CAVA or A1, to assess apprentices on this Level 3 qualification.
Optical Assistants have to interpret and understand a clinically issued prescription, its effects on the eye, and the customer’s vision. They need to be able to identify the appropriate spectacles to meet the customer’s needs and be able to explain the features and benefits of these, using non-technical customer friendly language. Optical Assistants require a broad range of technical knowledge about spectacle frame materials and fitting requirements including facial measurements, to ensure the maximum comfort of the spectacle frame for the customer, avoiding physical damage to the skin through ill-fitting or wrong material choice. They also require technical knowledge of optical lenses and the associated measurements of these lenses to allow correct and safe customer vision. They use an extensive range of technical equipment and tools to take measurements and adjust and repair spectacles.
Independent Assessment ensures apprentices have the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours detailed in the Standard, which outlines the Core Competencies of the role. End-point Assessors will undertake the final assessment of the learners, using different methods to check that apprentices meet these requirements. They will usually travel to apprentices’ workplaces to complete observations and professional discussions and will spend between a few hours and a full day with each learner.
End-point Assessors will be employed on a freelance basis and can expect up to 30 days’ work over a year. We are looking for candidates happy to travel, ideally nationwide.
- Undertaking the final assessment of an apprentice on the Optical Assistant Standard to ensure they are fully competent for the role
- Assess without prejudice or bias in a fair and honest way
- Work with internal quality systems that ensure consistency, fairness and reliability of performance and evidence collection
- Provide constructive feedback and ensure assessment reports are high quality and recorded accurately
- Maintain occupational and assessment skills and experience
Essential Qualifications and Experience
- Recent occupational experience in the Optical sector from the past 12 months
- Level 3 qualification within the field of Optical retail
- An assessor’s qualification (ie: CAVA, A1, D32/33)
Essential Skills and Abilities
- The assessor must be someone who has nothing to gain from the outcome of the assessment and must not have been involved in the training and/or line management of the apprentice.
- Evidence of regularly updated continuing professional development (CPD) to demonstrate practical experience and updated occupational expertise. This will cover updated knowledge and skills, changes to legislation and consider the latest developments in the sector.
- Excellent understanding of the standard(s) for the new apprenticeship frameworks, including specific knowledge in the industry area for the standard.
- Understanding of regulators’ requirements: Ofqual, SFA, industry bodies.
- Practise standardised assessment principles as set out by Highfield.
- Competent in carrying out the assessments specified and grading the apprenticeship in line with the requirements set out in the assessment plan.
- Experience of producing clear, accurate and concise written reports in a number of formats; giving both results and constructive feedback and support.
- IT proficient, including the use of web conferencing software.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent organisational skills; ability to effectively prioritise.
- Able to work independently but also lead a team, if required.
- Flexibility to travel across the UK.
- Willingness to agree to overnight stays away from home, if required.
- Hold a recognised current workplace assessment qualification.
- Hold an IQA or IV award.
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